Buckeye Hills-HVRDD is Now Buckeye Hills Regional Council.
Monthly News & Updates:
Aug. 2017

Highways to New Markets  
Appalachian Development Highway System Report Released 

Increased economic activity associated with the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) has helped create or support over 168,000 jobs across Appalachia's 13 states, with nearly $7.3 billion of added worker income annually, according to a new study.

The ADHS is a network of 32 distinct highway corridors totaling 3,090 miles and connecting the 13 Appalachian states with other interstate highways. This just-released study, Economic Analysis of
Completing the Appalachian Development High System, describes the effects the ADHS' development has had in connecting Appalachian people and businesses to economic markets, and its impacts on the Region's economy. (Source: ARC)
Read the report

Buckeye Hills Joins Tour of Amanda Manufacturing

Buckeye Hills and the Governor's Office of Appalachia were invited with others to tour Amanda Bent Bolt Manufacturing, a Deshler Group company based in Logan, Ohio. The facility was supported through the Hocking County Community Improvement Corporation with a $75,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Appalachia for equipment necessary for an expansion of 20 jobs a few years ago.

Shown in the group are Development Director Bret Allphin and Penny Martin of Ohio Development Services Agency. Amanda, which completed an expansion, produces tow and speed hooks for Ford's F150 line of trucks, parts for General Motors and Chrysler auto groups and auto suppliers.  


Buckeye Hills Offers Road Safety
Audit Services

As the Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) for the region, Buckeye Hills partnered with ODOT to be trained to conduct road safety audits.  The team has offered traffic audits for more than a year now, as well.

Photos courtesy of OMEGA
Next RTPO Meeting: Sept. 8 

The Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Technical Advisory and Citizens Advisory Committee will meet Sept. 8, 2017, at 10 a.m. at 1400 Pike Street, Marietta, OH. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Karen Pawloski, Transportation Planning Coordinator at 740-376-7658.
Ohio Department of Aging Director Visits Region
The Ohio Department of Aging Director, Stephanie Loucka visited Buckeye Hills Regional Council and the region in July.

Shown above: from left Buckeye Hills Aging & Disability program
Director Jennifer Westfall with Director Loucka. She also met with our Information & Assistance staff - the front door to aging and disability resources (shown with I&A Specialist Brandi Hesson, CIRS-A center).

Director Loucka shared updates and wanted to learn more about the Buckeye Hills region and those we serve. She also visited with the staff at the Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action Program (HAPCAP) in Logan to learn more about their innovative services for seniors.

Regional Programs Benefit Seniors
Sponsor a Senior Effort Launched

The annual Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is so popular that inevitably the demand outpaces the available funding. Year-over-year, the Buckeye Hills region in southeast Ohio maintains waiting lists with hundreds of seniors who never get coupons for fresh market items. The Buckeye Hills Regional Council is the lead agency for the Southeast Ohio Aging & Disability Resource Network and administers the program.
The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides income-eligible senior citizens with special coupons worth $50 to enjoy locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey. While the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is funded by USDA and the Ohio Department of Aging, their funding is LIMITED. Many income-eligible seniors are placed on waiting lists.      
Program coupons may be exchanged for eligible foods from authorized farmers. Only fresh, locally grown fruits, herbs, vegetables and honey are eligible to be purchased with the coupons.

"Since 1974, we have been a trusted source for information and access to a full-range of available services, programs and options to help individuals, regardless of age or disability, remain at home," said Aging Director Jennifer Westfall. "This year, we decided to create the $ponsor a $enior program and ask the community to help us meet the demand for Senior Farmers' Market Coupons in the form of donations. A donation of $50 will sponsor one of the 500+ seniors in Southeast Ohio on the current waiting list for Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons."
Westfall added that the $ponsor a $enior program will also benefit Project Lifesaver. This technology, in the hands of certified law enforcement partners, helps find people with a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer's disease or Autism when they wander from a caregiver.

Clients are outfitted with a transmitter about the size of a watch - worn on the wrist or ankle. Should the client wander, the caregiver notifies 911 and the local Sheriff's Office begins a search immediately using Project Lifesaver equipment. Without the technology, searches can last hours or days. Through community donations, the program is offered free to seniors and $350 will sponsor one enrollee on the Project Lifesaver Program. 
Your donation (of any amount) can help provide services and    
support to seniors in need across 8 counties in Southeast Ohio.
Mail donations to: Buckeye Hills Regional Council 
1400 Pike St. Marietta, OH  45750
 Click here to learn more! 

Go Fund Me transaction and processing fees will be deducted from your donation. Donations are not tax deductible as Buckeye Hills is not a 501(c)3.

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Learn more about Coping with Summer  Heat & Home Energy Assistance Programs 

Learn more about Medicare $avings programs ~ Eligible seniors save an average of $325 a month! Buckeye Hills has certified Information & Assistance staff that can assist you with information related to Medicare "Extra Help" ~ call 1-800-331-2644, today!

Dates to Remember:
Aug. 4 - Executive Committee Meeting with Special Guest U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson
Sept. 1 - Proposals for the 2018-2019 Title III E National Family Caregiver Support Program are due.
Sept. 1 - Proposals for 2018-2019 Title III-D Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Services are due.

Sept. 8 - RTPO Committee Meeting  
50th Anniversary Plans Underway

We have been reviewing the 25th, 35th & 40th annual reports and lots of other resources in preparation for Buckeye Hills' 50th Anniversary next year! If you have photos, stories, quotes or thoughts, please send them our way! We'd love to hear from you: send emails to: gstewart@buckeyehills.org.
Buckeye Hills Regional Council
 740-374-9436 or 740-373-6400 | 1400 Pike St. - Marietta, OH  45750  www.buckeyehills.org

Misty Casto: Executive Director
Rick Hindman, Asst. Executive Director
Bret Allphin - Development Director
Jennifer Westfall - Aging & Disability Program Director

Buckeye Hills Regional Council is organized as a voluntary organization of local government political subdivisions to foster cooperative efforts in regional planning, and implementing of regional plans and programs.
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